The 49ers on Friday signed veteran offensive tackle Sam Young to a one-year contract and placed wide receiver Trent Taylor on injured reserve.
Taylor, who underwent surgery Aug. 10 to repair a Jones fracture in his right foot, must sit out for at least eight weeks before he is eligible to return to the 49ers’ 53-man roster and appear in a game.
Kyle Shanahan said WR Trent Taylor’s bone healed up well, but there are flareups with some of the soft tissue around the bone. The #49ers hope for him to return later in the season. He’s eligible to play Nov. 17 against the #AZCardinals.— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoNBCS) September 20, 2019
Originally, the 49ers placed Taylor's timetable to return at four to six weeks. As recently as last week, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said he hoped Taylor would be able to return to action after the 49ers' Week 4 bye.
Taylor was expected to be one of the team’s leading pass-catchers this season before he sustained the fracture to the fifth metatarsal on his right foot. Since the 49ers selected him in the fifth round of the 2017 draft, Taylor has appeared in 29 games and caught 69 passes for 645 yards and three touchdowns.
How good was WR Trent Taylor before the injury? Kyle Shanahan said he was playing better than any #49ers offensive player up to that point.— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoNBCS) September 20, 2019
The 49ers re-signed Young, who was among their final cuts before the start of the regular season. The 49ers require more depth at offensive tackle after Joe Staley broke his left fibula, an injury that is expected to keep him sidelined for six to eight weeks.
Rookie Justin Skule is scheduled to start Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers at left tackle.
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In his nine-year NFL career, Young has appeared in 88 games with 21 starts with Dallas, Buffalo, Jacksonville and Miami. Young will wear No. 65 for the 49ers.